Ok so this is my last couple hours in England! I am at the airport at the moment, just waiting to board the airplane so i guess this is a perfect time for blog entry number one!
It was so sad leaving today,it started last night when my two best mates came over last night for dinner and it was so wierd having to say goodbye, not to mention a little tearful, and then saying goodbye to the dog and the mum today was also very tearjerking. However i am about to have the most amazing year ever, so i guess this wont be the general emotion for the next 12 months. As much as i am going to miss everybody i don't think there will be much time to sit down and miss home!
The course is going to be intense! there is so much training to do in the first 6 months; level 1 and 2 field guide qualifications, first aid course, rifle shooting courses, 4 x4 courses, dangerous game course and im sure there are more i have forgotten. So yeah not a lot of time to sit about. However, after every 4 weeks of training we then get a week off to travel around and do what we like (or revise, as is meant to be), but there are a few adventures we have got planned (the first being to break out one weekend so we can go see Harry Potter!!!). I will let you know what we are up to of course!
The second 6 months is going to be work experience in lodges and research centers. Im not sure which i will go for yet, the lodges means that i will be taking out tourists getting a broad knowledge of all the animals etc, but working in the research centres menas that i will focussing on tracking one specific animal all the time nad would be great to know animals in tha depth. However i will make the decision when thwe time comes, as i want to become a Game Ranger and work on animal management and conservation, i will have to ask the instructors the best route to take for the work experience.
I should have done loads of revision for the start of the course, it turns out that one of the instructors i had on the month long course in 2009 has now moved to the new 6 month course and i just keep thinking that if he remembers me he will keep asking questions about what i learnt last time! I am a student though, and generally we tend to forget everything wer have learnt for a subject as soon as the exam finishes, so i am frantically trying to cram as much in before we start the course again! i guess an11 hour flight will come in useful after all! (though if you know me at all, you will probably agree that i will fall asleep in the first 10 minutes after take off!).
Right well i best go, will keep in touch as often as i can, or at least when something interesting is happening! (which will be most the time :P), so long everyone and keep in touch!!!
miss you all! xxx
P.S If you want to find out about where i am going to do my training then have a look on this website, its pretty cool! www.bushwise.co.za